SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Ret’sepile Makamane

BA Theatre and Philosophy (National University of Lesotho), MA Development Studies and Gender (University of Leeds), MA Creative Writing (University of East Anglia)


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Ret’sepile Makamane
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Thesis title:
Aesthetics of African Literature: The fiction of Thomas Mofolo, and Sesotho novelists who came after him.
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Ret’sepile Makamane is a doctoral researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), with a focus on African literature aesthetics in Sesotho novels. Her research takes a closer look into forms of oral literature. This focus will be one which engages with notions of aesthetics, in particular the indigenous ways in which these are experienced, and how they are reflected in the writing of Thomas Mofolo and others.

The research employs Soyinka’s notion of the Fourth Stage – for a metaphysical and cosmological reading of Sesotho literature over the past century.

Makamane writes fiction during short breaks from her thesis, and her stories have appeared in AGNI (2011), African Writing Magazine (2011), Botsotso (2013), Schloss-post (2016) and One World Two: A Second Global Anthology of Short Stories (2016).